Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives

Dennis Askey Collection

In July 2000, the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives acquired an audio-taped collection of Duke Ellington recordings. The collection consists of 149 (10”) reels. Sequenced chronologically and containing some 3,300 selections collected from 570 recording dates, the tapes provide a detailed and comprehensive record of Ellington’s studio, broadcast, concert, club, dance, and private performances from 1924 through 1947, his 78-rpm years. The collection was accompanied by a matching 167-page discography listing dates, matrix numbers, venues, titles and composers, issue labels and numbers, and participating personnel for each session. In August 2002 Mr. Askey offered his collection of sixty-three 16mm jazz films.